Our annual silent retreat provides an opportunity to be quiet and feel God’s presence.
In 2017, we are back in the welcoming and comfortable setting of St. Mary's Monastery,
Kinnoull beside Perth.
The retreat is run mid-week from Tuesday afternoon to Thursday after lunch in the
Spring of each year. The next retreat will be held from Tuesday 25th to Thursday
27th April 2017. This is in the week following Easter Week.
Our leader will be the Revd. Sister
Ann-Marie Stuart, Chaplain at Sherborne
Abbey in Dorset. Ann-Marie has been a
Franciscan nun since 1959. Since then,
her work has always been in teaching
or retreat work. She was ordained in 1999
and served in parish ministry in addition to
her previous work.
She served as Spirituality Adviser for
Carlisle Diocese where she was
responsible for teaching Spirituality and
leading courses for the whole diocese, including work with the clergy and those preparing
for ordination. On retirement, she was invited back to Sherborne Abbey in Dorset
where she had been ordained. She assists in the ministry of the Abbey, leading retreats
and teaching Spirituality there and in other parishes.
Ann-Marie is planning to weave the Mothers’ Union theme for the year, ‘Faith in Action’,
into the retreat alongside the use Celtic Christian Spirituality for the retreat
talks. This form of Spirituality is so creative and so appropriate for today’s world
and of course for Scotland. The ideas emerge from an ancient tradition, but one that
is very special and very beautiful. She uses beautiful pictures to emphasise and/or
explain what she shares. She likes to encourage discussion and comments to encourage
people in their Christian lives. The idea is to enable those who come to share their
own insights, which are so important. She says that each retreat turns out differently
depending upon those who attend, since we are on a journey of faith together.
Ann-Marie is no stranger to Scotland. As a Stuart, she says her family lived in Scotland
till the early 1600s! More recently she has undertaken a holiday ministry at St Michael
& All Angels, Ballintuim in St Andrews Diocese along with her fellow nun, Sister
Isabel. They also spent a day with the MU in Dunblane at the invitation of our Provincial
President, Jean Richardson.
The usual format of the retreat is to maintain silence in the building from around
8pm on Tuesday to around 12 noon on Thursday, though there are always areas reserved
for those who want to talk during these times. As indicated above, Ann-Marie has
said there will be time for discussion on the themes she shares. You are also free
to be on your own if you wish.
Wednesday afternoon is free time to explore the area or use as you wish. There will
also be an opportunity to talk to the leader on a one to one basis during this time.
St Mary’s has just completed a major refurbishment so that most rooms are single
rooms with en-suite facilities. Four rooms have shared bathrooms with one bathroom
to two rooms. The lift now goes to all floors. The cost of the retreat will be the
same as last year at £165 for single en-suite rooms and £145 for those sharing a
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Please take a look at the pages for the previous Retreats to get an idea of what
they are like and to look at the photo-galleries. We hope those who were there will
enjoy the memories they bring back and we also hope they will encourage those who
weren’t there to make a date to come to the 2017 Retreat.